Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Announced Aug 13, 2015 •
5.7 screen | 16 megapixels (rear) | 5 megapixels (front)
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Reviewed Dec 28, 2015
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Announced Aug 13, 2015
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The Note 5 is the latest model in Samsung's line of large-format smartphones and, like its predecessors, comes with an S-Pen Stylus as an alternative input device. In its latest incarnation has been improved for increased precision and sensitivity. In the camera department the Note 5 uses the hardware that we have already seen on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. A 1/2.6-inch 16MP CMOS sensor is combined with a fast F1.9 aperture. The camera is capable of recording 4K video and in video mode the optical image stabilization system is now supported by an improved digital stabilization algorithm.

A new feature lets you live broadcast to Youtube and as before, the camera app comes with slow-motion, fast-motion, selective focus and virtual shot spheric panorama mode. A Pro mode for better access to manual camera control is on board as well but it appears that, like the S6 and S6 Edge, the new model does not support Raw capture.

Images can be viewed and composed on 5.7-inch Quad-HD Super-AMOLED display. Despite an unchanged screen size the Note 5's overall dimensions are slightly smaller than its predecessor, thanks to very thin bezels. Like the S6 series it comes with a metal frame and glass back which unfortunately means the battery cannot be swapped but fast wireless charging that can take the battery from empty to full in approximately two hours should make up for the loss. Unfortunately there is no micro-SD slot either.

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Quick specs
OS Google Android
OS Version 5.1.1
Front camera effective pixels 5 megapixels
Rear camera effective pixels 16 megapixels
Rear camera resolution 5312 x 2988
Rear camera aperture 1.9
Camera physical shutter release No
Camera image stabilization Optical
Video camera recording format 2160p, 30fps
LCD size 5.7
Built in memory 4GB RAM, 32/64/128GB storage
Weight 171 g (6.03 oz)
Dimensions 153 x 76 x 8 mm (6.03 x 3 x 0.3)

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